Fig Beetles are a flower scarab beetles found around much of the southwest during summer monsoons in July and August. They are colorful and seen in the daylight hours. The Fig Beetle name comes from them eating sap and fruit, which includes figs, along with prickly pear fruit. Here are some I saw on thistle… Read More FIG BEETLE
Checkered Whites have white wings with gray and black markings, the male wings are more white than marked. Checkered Whites spend their winters in the pupal stage, which is when the caterpillars body transforms to new body in the protective chrysalis. They are an abundant species found in plains, mountains or desert areas. Here is… Read More CHECKERED WHITE
Here is a Mourning Cloak on an Aspen in northern Arizona. This photos is from my archives, back in 2005. Learn more MOURNING CLOAK.
The Praying Mantis is a common species found in the U.S. and Canada in North America, they are native to Europe. There are over 2,300 species worldwide and 20 in North America. They are voracious hunters that camouflage themselves to get their prey. They attack and eat other various large and small insects including beetles,… Read More MANTIS